The White House Office of Management and Budget detailed yesterday how it would eliminate hundreds of regulations, upending federal policies designed to protect labor, the environment and public health as part of its push to reduce restrictions on business and industry.
The case of Joel Clement, a senior Interior Department scientist who was reassigned after speaking up about climate change, appears to be part of a pattern, a new report suggests. Clement says the administration "has abused a long list of rules and procedures to purge scientists and experts that don't agree with their political views."
North Dakota's main energy trade group will be allowed to weigh in on the decision on whether to temporarily shut down the Dakota Access oil pipeline, a judge said yesterday. National energy and manufacturing groups may also be able to have a say.
Researchers found that "payments for ecosystems services" in Ugandan villages had climate and economic benefits. In two years, where landowners were paid to leave trees standing, forests lost 4.2 percent of trees, while forests in villages where landowners received nothing lost 9.1 percent.
(InsideClimate News )
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an executive order last week calling for cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent by 2025. For all the praise, there is just as much skepticism over the fact that the plan did not outline concrete steps to achieve the goal.
Environmental groups are suing the EPA, alleging that it isn't properly policing air pollution permits in Texas. They say a loophole in Texas law allows oil refineries and power plants to release emissions when machinery malfunctions or undergoes maintenance.
An activist group found that the coal power boom in Southeast Asia is being funded by foreign governments like Japan and China. The analysts examined 22 deals in Indonesia and found that 91 percent had backing from foreign governments.
(The Guardian )
Michael Gove, who leads the UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, criticized Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement and pushed for international cooperation, saying the U.S. "can't simply walk out of the room when the heat is on."